In its quest for environment conservation, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has imposed a ban on single-use plastic items at its airports across the country to make them plastic-free.
To eliminate the use of plastic, various steps have been undertaken at passenger terminals and city side such as prohibiting the use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries, plastic plates, the agency said in an official statement released earlier this week.
AAI is promoting the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives progressively like use of biodegradable garbage bags in the garbage bins and installation of plastic bottle crushing machine at airports. It is also enhancing its waste management systems.
In a bid to go green, AAI has formulated an Environment Policy which envisages its commitment for reduction of Green House Gases and sustainable development by implementing cost effective carbon mitigation action to conserve environment.
The agency has also started various awareness campaigns for sensitizing everyone towards the cause and to drive engagement and cooperation from all of them.
AAI has engaged Quality Council of India to analyze the implementation of ban on single-use plastic items at 34 airports handling one million passengers in a year which will be completed by 31st January 2019.
Quality Council of India has declared 16 AAI Airports as Single-use Plastic Free on the basis of Third- Party Assessment. These include Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Trichy, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Vadodara, Madurai, Raipur, Vizag, Pune, Kolkata and Varanasi.
Apart from this, Airports Council International (ACI), a non-profit organization representing the world`s airports, has announced that four AAI airports have successfully completed the first step of instituting an environment policy and carbon mapping as per the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Programme. These are:
- Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
- Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar
- Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi
- Trivandrum International Airport
The policy includes a framework to reduce emissions and develop a Carbon Footprint mapping for the airport’s own emissions which are under its control.
Going forward, AAI is focusing on energy conservation and exploring alternative solutions for generating green energy. AAI also aims to increase its solar power generation capacity to 68MW by 2020.